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Mucking out the media

Nick Davies's critique of journalism hits many of the right targets, but it is marred by a radical's complacency and the promiscuousness of its charges. This is not quite the book on the British media that we need

By John Lloyd   April 2008

Flat Earth News: An Award-winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood, Distortion and Propaganda in the Global Media by Nick Davies (Chatto & Windus, £17.99)

The American journalist James Fallows has best summed up the great question of the free media: “One way or another, self-governing societies must figure out the suitable commercial channels through which the information necessary for democratic decisions must be spread.” There you have it: democratic citizens need information, and competing versions of both the truth and the good life; commerce needs profit. In that push and pull resides a fundamental, neverending question.

To a limited and lessening extent,…

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